All Summer in a Day

by

Ray Bradbury

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William Character Analysis

William is a boy in Margot’s class, and he acts as a ringleader for the other students. Because he is jealous of Margot’s experiences, he discredits her when she talks about the sun and tries to provoke her into fighting with him. William vents his frustration by getting the other children to help him lock Margot in a closet during the brief time that the sun is out.

William Quotes in All Summer in a Day

The All Summer in a Day quotes below are all either spoken by William or refer to William. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Jealousy, Bullying, and Isolation Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam edition of All Summer in a Day published in 1990.
All Summer in a Day Quotes

Then, for the first time, she turned and looked at him. And what she was waiting for was in her eyes. "Well, don’t wait around here!" cried the boy savagely. "You won’t see nothing!" Her lips moved.

Related Characters: William (speaker), Margot, Children
Related Symbols: The Sun
Page Number: 90
Explanation and Analysis:
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William Character Timeline in All Summer in a Day

The timeline below shows where the character William appears in All Summer in a Day. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Jealousy, Bullying, and Isolation Theme Icon
Nostalgia and Discontent Theme Icon
...read her poem comparing the sun to a flower aloud to the class, another boy, William, exclaimed that she didn’t actually write it. Their teacher reprimanded him. (full context)
Jealousy, Bullying, and Isolation Theme Icon
Nostalgia and Discontent Theme Icon
William asks Margot what she’s looking at. When she doesn’t respond, he shoves her, but she... (full context)
Jealousy, Bullying, and Isolation Theme Icon
Nostalgia and Discontent Theme Icon
...sun and the sky very well from her childhood. Sometimes she describes the sun, but William and the other children claim she is lying. For the most part, she keeps to... (full context)
Jealousy, Bullying, and Isolation Theme Icon
Anticipation and Disappointment Theme Icon
In the classroom, William pushes Margot again. Then, he tells her the sun won’t actually come out—it was all... (full context)
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At William’s urging, all the children surge around Margot and push her into a closet in the... (full context)